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A new French authority to protect whistle-blowers and strengthen the ethics of scientific expertise by RES

On 21 November 2012, the French Senate adopted the bill for establishing the National Commission of Ethics and Alerts in the domain of health and the environment. It is a first step towards the protection of whistle-blowers and the strengthening of the ethics of expertise. This law builds on the work of the French NGOs “Fondation Sciences Citoyennes” (Civic Science Foundation), “Réseau Environnement Santé” (RES - Environmental and Health Network) and their partners. Many recent health scandals such as “Médiator”, BPA, GMOs or the PIP breast implants demonstrate the usefulness of such a Commission.

This Commission has two main objectives:

  • An "alert and expertise" provision that will act as an outside arbitration on questions of ethics, conflicts of interest and expertise.
  • A protection provision for whistle-blowers. All these measures will permit better protection for the whistle-blower’s status and better supervision of expertise.

Read more here (in French)

Originally posted on 11 December 2012

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